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    Bike Rack Advice - Yakima or Thule

    In the market for a roof rack for a Volvo v 70. I've been to both Yakiam and Thule's site to compare, but looking for real life examples and usage.

    Does anyone have recommendations based on experience?

    Thx

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    I had Thule square bars on my old car. Carrying only snowboards, it bowed down in the middle-- that wasn't my cup of tea.

    So, on my Passat wagon, I went with Yakima LowRiders (which have been replaced by the RailGrab). The bar end caps end to break easily & you get some surface rust on the end caps...but hasn't affected its function yet.

    The Volvo accessory ones are probably made by Thule/Mont Blanc

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    Used both with no issues. I find Thule's square bars to be easier to use though.

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    thule = swedish
    volvo = swedish

    but that alone shouldn't be your decision maker. they both make great roof racks. we had an inquiry over the weekend about this same vehicle.

    i would be happy to provide you with a completely subjective opinion on both rack systems if you tell me exactly what you are looking to carry on the roof.

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    Scott,

    Would love your subjective opinion. Primary use for a roof rack would to haul my mountain bike (29in wheels), but would also likely buy a cargo box down the road.

    Hope that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panicphan74
    Scott,

    Would love your subjective opinion. Primary use for a roof rack would to haul my mountain bike (29in wheels), but would also likely buy a cargo box down the road.

    Hope that helps.
    sorry....year? full model...(v70...) wagon or sedan....

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    they are so similar that you could just flip a coin. last good deals in saw were at orsracksdirect

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    sorry...2004 Volvo v70 wagon

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    naked roof? or with factory installed siderails? i should have just asked you all the criteria at once......

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    Naked roof...nothing on top

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    i think that the thule traverse rack system is the best tower on the market today. some would argue that they love their yakima q towers, and they're a good rack system, but the thule traverse is going to fit more vehicles for a longer period of time than the q towers will, and i feel it's solid and easy to install. that's why i recommend it.
    this link here is a complete base rack system. you can add fairings or locks to it as you see fit.

    as far as bike mounts go, if you think you are going to want to add a cargo box in the future, you might consider fork mounting your bike. fork mounts use less space on the bar than an upright carrier, but....if you have a thru axle on your 29'er, you might just enjoy using the thule sidearm, which is a great rack. i use two of them myself on my honda element, and i think theyre great racks.

    that said, you could do 2 bikes on the roof, on the recommended 50" crossbar with a narrow cargo box, like the thule atlantis 1200 or the yakima sky box 12. there are endless ways to configure that rack system.

    take a look over some of that stuff....let me know if you have other questions or want to switch gears a little....i'm pretty confident we'll be able to configure a rack system for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cracksandracks.com
    sorry....year? full model...(v70...) wagon or sedan....
    For Volvos,

    V = wagon
    S = sedan
    XC = Cross-over (or a jacked up wagon)
    C = "coupe" (even though the C30 is a hatchback)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tednugent
    For Volvos,

    V = wagon
    S = sedan
    XC = Cross-over (or a jacked up wagon)
    C = "coupe" (even though the C30 is a hatchback)
    good info....thanks

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    Scott,

    Thanks for the info. I just placed an order based on your suggestion.

    Thx

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    thanks for the order.......i appreciate it..you'll love the new system...be sure to contact the shop if you have any install questions!

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